Addams Family Trees / Arboles de la Familia Addams

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THE CITY OF Fuengirola with its location on the Mediterranean Sea is a beautiful place. In addition to the natural beauty, the city is clean, elegantly planted with orange trees, hibiscus, flame vines, and other flowering plants and trees. But they don’t always get it right (as in the recent case of the fluorescent rock mosaic (click here).

When we moved here more than six years ago, the Paseo was lined with mostly grand and overgrown ficus trees whose roots were destroying the pavement and making it dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. In our neighborhood and the one adjoining, the ficus trees were replaced by some variety of tamarind tree (many of which were already planted among the ficus). These trees are beautiful when they bloom and thrive, which isn’t often here. They’re mostly either blown over by the wind or their delicate branches are torn off by drunk tourists. And, if they survive the winds and tourists, they whither and die for other reasons. In front of our building, for example, are spots for eight tamarinds. One looks fair, two are dying, four are dead, and the final space is bare dirt where five trees have come and gone in our time here. I wonder if Morticia Addams is chief gardener. (Remember her roses? She would cut off the flowers and display the thorny stems.)


LA CIUDAD DE Fuengirola con su ubicación en el mar Mediterráneo es un lugar hermoso. Además de la belleza natural, la ciudad es limpia y está plantada de manera elegante con naranjos, hibiscos, y otras plantas y árboles con flores. Pero no siempre lo hacen bien (como en el caso reciente del mosaico de roca fluorescente (haz clic aquí).

Cuando nos mudamos aquí hace más de seis años, el Paseo estaba bordeado de árboles ficus, en su mayoría grandes y muy crecidos, cuyas raíces estaban destruyendo el pavimento y haciéndolo peligroso para peatones, ciclistas, y conductores. En nuestro barrio y el que está al lado, los árboles ficus fueron reemplazados por una variedad de árboles de tamarindo (muchos de los cuales ya estaban plantados entre los ficus). Estos árboles son hermosos cuando florecen y prosperan, lo cual no es frecuente aquí. En su mayoría son arrastrados por el viento o sus delicadas ramas son arrancadas por turistas borrachos. Y, si sobreviven a los vientos y turistas, mueren por otras razones. En frente de nuestro edificio, por ejemplo, hay espacios para ocho tamarindos. Uno se ve triste, dos se están muriendo, cuatro van a morir, y el espacio final es tierra desnuda donde cinco árboles han venido y se han ido en nuestro tiempo aquí. Me pregunto si Morticia Addams es la principal jardinera. (¿Recuerdas sus rosas? Ella cortaría las flores y mostraría los tallos espinosos.)

Our building’s specimen tree. Morticia would be proud. / El arbol ejemplar de nuestro edificio. Morticia estaría orgullosa.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “Addams Family Trees / Arboles de la Familia Addams”

    1. You got that right, Anne Marie! Next to Morticia, Lily Munster was a Walmart frump (being one myself, I can tell). Herman Munster was a big ‘ol irritating goof, whereas there was something sinister and sexy about Gomez. And Lurch “You rang?” sigh.

      1. Deedles:
        I agree with you and Anne Marie. The Munsters had an excellent cast but the writing was so dumbed down and Herman’s whining drove me up a wall!

    2. anne marie:
      I completely agree. The Addams family had so much class. The Munsters to me were juvenile. But I had to watch every episode with The Kid Brother — although in hindsight he preferred the Addams Family and now makes me do imitations from that show and not the Munsters. (I’m quite often Lurch…) “Lurch, bring the car around.” “Yeeesss, Mr. Adddammmms… Unhhhhhhhh.”

  1. Well, after the series was cancelled, Morticia had to find SOME kind of job!

  2. I got such a kick listening to the Addams Family theme in Spanish! Los Locos Aaaaaadams 🙂 !
    Years ago, I owned a five foot fake ficus. My psycho cat killed it.

    1. Deedles:
      In Spain, they were called La Familia Addams. Apparently in Mexico they were called Los Locos Addams. I couldn’t find a Spain Spanish version! We bought artificial long grasses for our den in Santa Barbara because we liked the look and one of our cats, Maynard, ate any plant with grassy blades. He couldn’t tell the difference and chewed them down to nothing anyway!

  3. What a shame…they are such beautiful trees And they would add such color.. And just what is wrong with displaying the thorny stems? I just sent three dozen to Trump.

    1. Bob:
      They die. They’re replaced. They die. They’re replaced. I have a friend who lives across the street from a “field” completely filled with these trees. As the City removes them from somewhere, they plant them there. Then, when something dies, they dig one up! Could this really be cheaper than planting something that will actually survive?

  4. Those trees look like I was taking care of them, I have had cactus die from neglect. I love the Adams Family in theme in Spanish. I saw John Astin in a play at Ford’s Theater one night. His best role was as Judge Stone’s father on Night Court, “But I am feeling much better now!”

    1. David:
      I forgot about John Astin on Night Court. What a great character!

  5. It does make you wonder why they keep investing in trees that don’t work with that environment or do damage to the pavement. Surely there are other options…..shaking head.

    1. Cheapchick:
      I really don’t get it. One of our neighbors had written five letters to City Hall over a few years. No response. They plant them and often don’t stake them, and the winds immediately blow them over or a heavy rain comes and they have no roots to hold them in place.

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